…. despite the news of you no longer needing to purchase one with your draft beer. Thanks, Abbott? I never thought I’d write those words…
Anyhow, we’ve got lots of cool new things from Fair State, Untitled Art, and Great Divide, to mention just a few. Plus the refresh of our wine selection is almost complete! Come on in, pick out a bottle, and have us pour you a glass. You deserve it. I’dddddd drink to that, and one for Mahler!
Great news, our March Brewery of the Month is Brazos Valley! We will have 6 packs of Mama Tried, Willin’, and Two Step, all coming in at an agreeable price of $7.99.
One last little note, we’re moving the newsletter to Friday. This way, you’ll definitely know the workweek is coming to a close.
Hopefully the weekend won’t be full of too much rain and we’ll get a little sunshine.
New and Returning Beers This Week
Back in Stock – Boulevard Chocolate Ale, Fairweather Common, Austin Eastcider Blackberry, Pinthouse Pizza Training Bines, Tupps Dive Bar Brunch, Modern Times Caliban, Einstok Wee Heavy, Adelbert’s Passion Fruit Party, Anderson Valley Black Rice, Blue Owl Tangerina
Fairweather Day Drink -Dry, tannic English-style cider. 6% ABV
New Belgium Dominga Mimosa Sour -Inspired by bottomless sips in the sun, this citrusy-sweet sour ale shines with flavors of Mexican Orange, Tangerine, pressed Calamansi fruit and is blended with wood-aged golden sour. Perfect for any day ending in “y”. 6% ABV
Austin Eastciders Mango Seltzer -Mango seltzer, 4.2% ABV
Bell’s Flamingo Fruit Fight -This Fruit Fight started when two flamingos walked into a bar… it is brewed with passionfruit and lime zest, resulting in a tart blend of tropical, citrus flavors and aromas. 5% ABV
Martin House Spicy Pickle -Spicy Pickle Kettle Sour. 6% ABV
Legal Draft Blue Law -Refreshing American-style wheat ale with blueberry for an amusing twist of aroma and flavor. 5.5% ABV
21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon -Hell or High Watermelon Wheat is our summer seasonal beer available from April through September in six pack cans and on draft. We start by brewing a classic American wheat beer, then add fresh melons for a straw-colored, delicious beer with a kiss of watermelon aroma and flavor. 4.9% ABV
Avery Irish Goodnight -Say hello and goodnight to Irish Goodnight! Irish Goodnight, an Imperial Milk Stout aged in fresh Irish whiskey barrels, has arrived. No. 59 in our barrel-aged series. 16% ABV
Founders Panther Cub -A robust porter, Panther Cub is aged in the finest bourbon barrels available along with a kiss of maple syrup and vanilla extract. The aroma of maple and vanilla notes combine with a surprisingly deep character to make this rare creature one to gaze upon fondly. Don’t let it fool you, this kitty has claws. 9.2% ABV
Great Divide Mexican Chocolate Yeti 19.2oz -A very special, and very limited, entry in our venerable Yeti Series, Mexican Chocolate Yeti is a sensory delight. We’ve added a variety of spices, vanilla and coffee to Yeti Imperial Stout to create our version of a traditional champurrado drink. Spiced chocolate drinks have been part of Aztec and Mayan cuisine and culture for centuries, but they have yet to be paired with a Yeti! 9.5% ABV
Great Divide Maple Pecan Yeti -Russian Imperial Stout made with real maple syrup and candied pecans! 9.5% ABV
Sierra Nevada Barrel Aged Narwhal -Deep in their barrel room, out of light’s reach, their legendary Narwhal Imperial Stout rests in bourbon barrels for nearly a year. After aging, it emerges anew: rich with notes of oak, vanilla and coconut layered onto the Stout’s malt flavors of dark chocolate and espresso. Enjoy this beast of a beer. 11.9% ABV
Victory Brotherly Love Hazy -The aroma starts with bright citrus notes that drift into a tropical fruit character and finishes with a touch of apricot. With this smooth crushable body, always craving one more sip is inevitable. 6% ABV
Fair State Main Boss Imperial Stout -Pastry stout collaboration with Pulpit Rock (IA) with Coconut, Vanilla Beans, Molasses, Almond, and Bitter Orange. Inspired by rum drinks, and infused with our own take on Orgeat (almond/citrus) syrup. Massive, thick, sweet, and rich. All the things.
Fair State Too Far Juice -Extra thick Blackberry/Plum/Lactose/Marshmallow fruited sour collaboration with Drekker. 5.9% ABV
Lone Pint Zythophile -A Single Malt & Single Hop IPA hopped with Nelson Sauvin. 6.5-6.7%ABV
Odd Side Ales Shadynasty -An American IPA with a ton of juicy American hops that include Denali, Citra, and Mosaic. A mouthful of resiny goodness and light malt with a semi dry body that hosts a well rounded bitterness. Pours hazy golden with a lacing white head. Classy! Limited small batch production runs. 7% ABV
Odd Side Pink Lemonade Seltzer -Pink lemonade hard seltzer. 5% ABV
Untitled Art Pineapple Mango Seltzer -Pineapple Mango seltzer, 5% ABV
Untitled Art Strawberry Kiwi Seltzer -Hard seltzer with real strawberry and kiwi fruit. 5% ABV
Untitled Art Hurricane Hard Seltzer -Hard Seltzer Collaboration w/ Hop Culture. 9%
Untitled Art Mango Coconut Sticky Sour -Berliner style weiss ale brewed with mango, coconut, cinnamon, brown sugar and milk sugar. 6% ABV
Untitled Art Sweet & Sour Blood Orange Imperial IPA -collaboration with LIC Brewing to bring you the next iteration in our increasingly popular Sweet & Sour IPA style. With this release, we turned up the ABV up to 8.8%, added way more hops, MORE blood orange fruited goodness, MORE sour and more tasty goodness in a glass.
Untitled Art Yuzu Raspberry Sherbet -Berliner Style Ale with Yuzu Lime, Raspberry, Vanilla, and Milk Sugar. 7% ABV
Untitled Art Black Forest Cake Smoothie Stout -Smoothie stout brewed with cacao nibs, vanilla bean, cherry puree and milk sugar. 9.5% ABV
New Wines This Week (On-Premise Consumption or Off-Premise Consumption)
Gorrondona Blanco 2019 Txakolina – Doniene Gorrondona is located in the tiny town of Bakio on the north Atlantic coast not far from Bilbao in the Basque country. Their txakolina is always one of our favorites with focused, mineral driven tartness but good flavor intensity. Clean and vibrant it’s delicious. 11.5% ABV
Grower Project 2019 Albarino – 100% Albarino. Black Water Draw Vineyard, Terry County, Texas. Racy & focused citrus and mineral driven palate. Perfect with seafood and warm weather. 12.8% ABV
Gorrondona Blanco 2019 Txakolina – This zippy, imminently crushable red wine is super fresh. Scents of soft berry fruits are interwoven with notes of hibiscus and wild fennel, finishing with juicy, gentle tannins. Owned by Florentino Martínez Monje, Luberri is located in Elciego in the heart of Rioja Alavesa. Florentino farms 35 hectares of old vines located principally between the villages of Elciego and Laguardia. A farmer at heart, Florentino was the original winemaker at Artadi before establishing his own winery in 1992. He made a name for himself and his estate by resurrecting the traditional style of semi-carbonic maceration of Rioja wine of Rioja. Florentino is very hands-on at the winery, participating in all aspects of production, but his true love is working in the vineyards. All the plots are farmed with minimal treatment of the soils and vines. Individual vineyard sites are fermented and vinified separately. By keeping yields low (around 34 to 45 hectoliters per hectare) Florentino extracts grapes with great concentration and flavor. 14.5% ABV
William Chris 2018 Cinsault – William Chris Vineyards focuses on low intervention, 100% Texas-grown wine. Since 2008, winegrowers William “Bill” Blackmon and Chris Brundrett have expanded the estate vineyards and partnered with family-owned farms across the state to source only the highest-quality fruit.
Aged in neutral oak and cement. Prepared like a Beaujolais. Beautiful bright red color -looks like Christmas. Good funk/fermentation on the nose. Very light and fruity, juicy, mouth watering. The flavor disappears quickly, but there’s a lingering minerality which I like. A really elegant patio wine. 14.5% ABV
Areyna Lujan de Cuyo Malbec 2018 – Plum, berry and cassis aromas are a touch stalky. On the palate, this feels smacking and tomatoey, with punchy acidity raising the liveliness level. Spicy, slightly green-plum and berry flavors finish with a touch of oxidation. 13.9% ABV
12 Knights Portuguese Red Blend – Named after a group of 12 knights who fought for Portugal in the Middle Ages, the wine is a rounded and ripe blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Alicante Bouschet. Its ripe tannins and generous spicy black fruits are immediately attractive and the wine is ready to drink. 13.5% ABV
Catena Vista Flores Malbec 2017 – Catena Malbec Appellation Vista Flores is composed of 100% varietal wines blended from vineyards of Vistaflores district in Tunuyán. The result is a wine with a pure expression of a unique terroir. 30-year-old vines gives red and black fresh fruits flavors, sweet texture and character. Cold nights lend bright, crisp acidity and the intense sunshine give explosive floral aromatics and concentrated structure.
The Catena Malbec Appellation Vista Flores shows a dark violet color with black reflections. The nose offers ripe, concentrated dark and red fruit aromas with delicate floral notes of lavender and violet, and mocha. The mouthfeel is rich and full with notes of sweet spice and a touch of leather. The finish presents soft, well-integrated tannins with bright, crisp acidity that gives the wine exceptional length. 13.5% ABV
Le Orme “16 Mesi” Barbera D’Asti 2017 – A selection from several vineyards in the South of Asti, with particular reference to the vineyards of La Court Estate and Montemareto in Castelnuovo Calcea, La Serra in Montaldo Scarampi and Costa delle Monache ad Agliano. Fermentation in steel tanks. 10 days of maceration with the skins, with a soft “shower” system of wetting the cap at a temperature between 32°C and 27°C. Malolactic fermentation in steel. Nose: Elegant and intense, with notes of fresh mature red fruit, such as cherry and currant. Tasting Notes: Harmonious, with good structure and roundness, beautiful savoury finish. 13.5% ABV
Le Grand Caillou Sauvignon Blanc 2019 – This bright and light wine is lead by soft flavors of mango and pineapple. There is a fresher side to the exotic fruit flavors, with citrus acidity adding freshness. Drink now. 12% ABV
Hiruzta Txakoli Rose 2018 – Red currant-pink colour with rich aromas of red and black fruits, such as strawberries, blackberries and black currants, over a citrus background and fine vegetal notes. Very fresh in the mouth with a balanced acidity accentuated by a hint of carbonic gas, offering a pleasing palate and a long, aromatic finish. 12% ABV
Taken Chardonnay 2019 – Sourced predominantly from the renowned Napa Valley, this Chardonnay showcases the charm and essence of this region. A small portion of the fruit hails from Sonoma County, adding further complexity, resulting in a beautiful, intriguing, well balanced wine.
After being picked in the early morning hours, grapes were brought into the winery for processing. After undergoing 60% native yeast fermentation (82% fermented in French oak barrels), 50% of the wine went through malolactic fermentation, rounding out the palate and adding a delicious, creamy note. The wine was then aged in French and American oak barrels (30% new) for 9 months
“The 2019 Taken Chardonnay boast a beautiful nose of spice, citrus and lemon blossom. On the palate, Asian pear, grapefruit and Gravenstein apple are rounded out with hints of butterscotch and walnut. The mouthfeel is juicy, though not too heavy, with an uplifting, refreshing, crisp finish. Bright Napa Valley acidity is balanced out with creaminess coming from a splash of Sonoma fruit.”
Regaleali Nero D’Avola 2017 – Bright ruby-red color, this wine offers layered notes of cherry, mulberry and raspberry. On the palate, it is complex and supple, with ripe berry flavors framed by silky tannins. A delicious Sicilian red at a great value!
Fresh and savory, this elegant, crowd-pleasing red has aromas of red and black-skinned berry and culinary spice. Juicy and delicious, the lithe palate doles out succulent Morello cherry, crushed raspberry and star anise while polished tannins offer smooth support. It’s made to be drunk young, so enjoy soon. 13% ABV
Trefethen Dry Riesling 2019 – Vibrant and refreshing, this is the most transparent wine we make, a pure expression of our estate vineyards. We produced our first Riesling in 1974, made in a distinctively dry and crisp style. It has been a family favorite ever since. Bright and aromatic, it is marvelously food-friendly and cellar-worthy.
The dormant season was wet with much more rain than usual before the skies cleared in April, just in time for bud break. The weather in May was surprisingly cool and rainy again, slowing down the vine growth, and serving as a harbinger of the roller-coaster growing season that followed. The summer months alternated between warmer and cooler than average but, thankfully, the daily high temperatures rarely exceeded 100°F. September was warm and sunny, providing the perfect finish and all the grapes were in by mid-October.
Floral aromas of orange blossom and jasmine are complemented by fresh notes of green apple and grapefruit. On the palate, this bright, yet luscious wine evolves with flavors of nectarine, white peach, and Honeycrisp apple. The minerality and beautiful acidity provide an invigorating finish. 12% ABV
Villa Wolf Gewurztraminer 2019 – Doniene Gorrondona is located in the tiny town of Bakio on the north Atlantic coast not far from Bilbao in the Basque country. Their txakolina is always one of our favorites with focused, mineral driven tartness but good flavor intensity. Clean and vibrant it’s delicious. 11.5% ABV
New Draft Beers This Week (On-Premise Consumption or Off-Premise Crowlers)
ABGB Hell Yes! – An easy-drinking, all-season American craft beer. With a low bitterness level, light mouthfeel and crisp finish, this beer is supremely crushable and pairs well with just about any dish. 5.5% ABV
Austin Eastciders Brut- Inspired by dry champagne and with only 3 grams of sugar, Texas Brut is a lighter and drier cider that will help get your year started off right. 5% ABV
3 Nations Mango Smash IPA– They like to smash up the rules here at 3 Nations Brewing: instead of a Single Malt And Single Hop (S.M.A.S.H.) beer, we decided to stir it up a bit and use six hops, because why not? Bigger is better!
Huge notes of Mango, Pineapple and other tropical fruits dominate the nose on this bright, powerful IPA giving a sweet and cheerful aroma. Its medium body is crisp and effervescent, leading to a soft, dry finish tinged with a light but assertive citrusy bitterness. No palate wrecker here, just a big mango monster ready to smash your thirst! Try it with some spicy pepper jack cheese; some spicy Pad Thai or your favorite spicy Asian noodles! 6.9% ABV
512 Double IPA– A Double India Pale Ale heavily hopped with over 4 lbs/bbl of Simcoe, Centennial, Chinook and Amarillo. This is a big, malty ale with delicate hop and rich malt aroma, complex hop flavor and sustained smooth hop bitterness. Hops are added from beginning to end during the brewing process and made using over 80% USDA certified organic ingredients. 8.5% ABV
Great Divide Nitro Velvet Yeti- Introducing the smoothest member of the Yeti family, VELVET YETI. The surprisingly velvety and rich mouthfeel of the nitro pour rounds out the unmistakable roasty, caramel & toffee notes that make Yeti such a beast. Despite its minimal 5.0% ABV, this smooth operator is sure to provide maximum joy.
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